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April 7, 2014
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CANADA’S WORLD-CLASS HOSTING CAPABILITIES TO BE PROMOTED AT SPORTACCORD CONVENTION IN TURKEY
Marcel Aubut to convey Canada’s desire in continuing to take on international hosting duties

TORONTO- Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced that its President, Marcel Aubut will be promoting Canada’s ability to host international sporting events when he joins the world’s sport leaders at the 2014 SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey.

“No matter the size of the competition, Canada is an exciting, capable and friendly host to international sport events,” said Aubut. “Together with our valued partners at the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, we are eager to welcome any and all international sporting events to our shores and I will be sharing that message proudly to every sport leader I meet and speak to at SportAccord in Turkey.”

In addition to sharing this message at individual and group meetings with key decision-makers of the global sport community, Aubut will also be hosting a Team Canada reception on April 9th for International Olympic Committee members, National Olympic Committee representatives and International Federation delegates.

“The more international events that we host here in Canada, the better it is for our athletes and fans. It helps engage spectators and volunteers, and the economic impacts are significant,” said Adam van Koeverden, Chair of the COC Athletes’ Commission. “Competing in international competitions on home turf also helps strengthen our sport legacy and infrastructure. TORONTO 2015 is already contributing to progress for our summer sports athletes and I think these Games will be a game-changer for our country.”

Two years ago, the 2012 SportAccord Convention was held in Quebec City and the event was deemed a major motivator in the increased international sporting reputation of Quebec’s capital region. The Quebec City meeting was an immense success and part of Canada’s wider objective to become a premier destination for the hosting of international sporting events.

The 12th annual SportAccord Convention will be a six-day gathering of more than 2,500 leading representatives from international sport. It encompasses the Congress and General Assemblies of three associations whose members consist of 108 International Sports Federations and Associate Members. It provides the global sports community with an unrivalled opportunity to gather in an exclusive networking environment, to build relationships, expand horizons and broaden sport’s collective endeavours. The Convention takes place at the Susesi Convention Centre from April 6-11, 2014.

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